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Star Platforms gives a lift to airport's bold support for Luton Town

Published 25th August, 2023 by Neil Nixon

Star Platforms gives a lift to airport's bold support for Luton Town

London Luton Airport has sent an unmissable, high-altitude message of support for neighbouring Luton Town Football Club as it starts its Premier League campaign - with help from high-rise sponsor Star Platforms.

Thousands of passengers flying in to and out of London Luton Airport (LLA) are being greeted by a giant eco-friendly grass painting on the flight path featuring Luton Town midfields and club legend Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu. Alongside is a tongue-in-cheek message: "Pundits, prepare to eat your hats. Luton Town FC has landed."

To promote the huge painting, which covers 2275 square metres, Luton Town sponsor Star Platforms supplied a cherry picker so Pelly, club captain Tom Lockyer and manager Rob Edwards could be photographed during a visit. Star Platforms provided the Niftylift HeightRider 21 boom lift, controlled by company operative Darren Waistnedge, free-of-charge so the photographer could fit the giant painting and the football stars into the photo frame.

Richard Miller, Joint Managing Director of Star Platforms, said: "As a local business and a long-standing club sponsor, Star Platforms was more than happy to provide an aerial platform so LLA could get the promotional pictures it needed. We've been backing Luton Town since the club was in English Football League Two in 2018. So, we feel the meteoric and incredibly well-deserved rise to the best football league in the world is, in some way, entwined with our own rapid growth as a successful national powered access rental specialist. We're hugely excited about Luton Town's chances in the season ahead. As the painting says, the club may be considered as underdogs by the so-called experts, but we're confident. With players like Pelly and Tom, together with a dynamic manager in Rob Edwards, the sky's the limit!"

The painting measures 55 by 45 metres, the same width as LLA's runway (45m) and the size of 87 London buses. It took over two days to create with over 500 litres of environmentally-friendly paint. Given its scale, the photographer had to get up to a significant height to get the pictures needed. But Star Platform's Niftylift HR21 self-propelled articulating boom lift was ideal. Not only did it deliver the elevation the photographer needed - the platform has a maximum working height of 20.8 metres and a maximum outreach of 13 metres. As a rough terrain platform, it could also be driven across the open ground to exactly the spot needed to get the best shots.

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